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Species Paraphrynus carolynae - Tail-less Whip Scorpion

Tailless Whipscorpion - Paraphrynus carolynae Tailless Whipscorpion - Paraphrynus carolynae Large Insect - Paraphrynus carolynae AZ MJ Bug - Paraphrynus carolynae Whip Scorpion? - Paraphrynus carolynae Paraphrynus mexicanus? - Paraphrynus carolynae Paraphrynus mexicanus? - Paraphrynus carolynae Paraphrynus carolynae
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Amblypygi (Tailless Whipscorpions)
Family Phrynidae
Subfamily Phryninae
Genus Paraphrynus
Species carolynae (Tail-less Whip Scorpion)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
was Paraphrynus mexicanus.
Change according to Armas, L. F. de. 2012. Nueva especie de Paraphrynus Moreno, 1940 (Amblypygi: Phrynidae) de México y el suroeste de los EE.UU. de América. Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 21:27-32
Identification
Members of this family have flattened bodies, 3/8" (8-11 mm) long, with spiny pedipalps and slender, flat antennae-like legs. The cephalothorax is often wider than long, and the abdomen is generally shorter and narrower than the cephalothorax. The abdomen and cephalothorax are connected by a short stalk. The first pair of legs have long filamentous or whiplike tips. The remaining 3 pairs of legs are held to the side, crablike. (2)
Range
Primarily denizens of humid tropics, most North American species are found in Florida and Gulf states, where they occasionally enter houses. (2)
Habitat
Rock walls with crevices
Food
Insect prey
Remarks
The very long front legs are referred to as ANTENNIFORM LEGS. The animal uses them to "feel" its way about and to locate its insect prey, which is captured with the spiny pedipalps. (1)
Print References
Armas, L. F. de. 2012. Nueva especie de Paraphrynus Moreno, 1940 (Amblypygi: Phrynidae) de México y el suroeste de los EE.UU. de América. Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 21:27-32
Internet References